Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Kool Aid Day!
Enjoy a refreshing glass of Kool-Aid today! National Kool-Aid Day coincides with the first day of Kool-Aid Days each year, which is always celebrated on the second weekend of August in Hastings, Nebraska, the city where Kool-Aid was created. Hastings' Kool-Aid Days began in 1998, the same year that Kool-Aid was named Nebraska's official state drink.
Edward Perkins lived in Hastings and spent his time experimenting with making products in his mother's kitchen and selling them by mail-order. He created the Perkins Products Company in 1920, and shortly thereafter created Fruit Smack, a liquid concentrate used to make a flavored drink by mixing it with sugar and water. The four-ounce bottles were expensive to ship and sometimes broke in transit. To reduce costs, Perkins made a powdered form in 1927, being inspired by Jello-O. It was sold in packets and was available in six flavors: cherry, grape, lemon-lime, orange, raspberry, and strawberry. The name was first changed to "Kool Ade," production was moved to Chicago in 1931, and Perkins trademarked the name Kool-Aid in 1934.
Syracuse basketball has several intriguing lineup options - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)
Syracuse’s roster looks completely different from last year.
Three of five starters (Jimmy Boeheim, Cole Swider, Buddy Boeheim) have all moved on to professional careers, while the Orange added five incoming freshmen and a transfer.
That leaves only two starters (Jesse Edwards, Joe Girard) from last year’s team. What are some potential starting lineup combinations heading into 2022-23? We’ve got some interesting options below.
Option 1: Go with the talent.
PG: Judah Mintz
SG: Joe Girard
SF: Justin Taylor
PF: Benny Williams
C: Jesse Edwards
I find this to be the most balanced lineup of all of the options. It has good athleticism, with Mintz breaking down defenses and having the ability to kick to shooters (Girard/Taylor), and also has Williams and Edwards being able to navigate inside. On defense, the lineup would be more of the classic lanky limbed zone, though Taylor is a bit undersized for a wing at 6-foot-6. Another wrinkle to this lineup would be swapping out Taylor for Chris Bunch, who at 6-foot-7 is a bit more of a classic SU wing who is also known for his shooting stroke.
Option 2: Go with the experience.
PG: Symir Torrence
SG: Joe Girard
SF: Justin Taylor
PF: Benny Williams
C: Jesse Edwards
Torrence really came on in the ACC Tournament, averaging 8 points and 10 assists in two games. Against Duke in the ACC Quarterfinals, he played all 40 minutes and showed he could run Syracuse’s offense well. If he continues to develop his shot, this is also a credible lineup. That said, did Mintz, a top 40 recruit, come to Syracuse so he could come off the bench? Torrence spent most of last year as a key reserve, and he has shown he can thrive in it.
SEC Basketball: Looking back on the college career of Anthony Davis (southboundanddown.com; Lurensky)
Anthony Davis may have played one year of SEC Basketball at the University of Kentucky, but he became a Kentucky basketball legend in his one year at the school. Anthony Davis was not a highly recruited athlete at first. He was a solid point guard player in high school but he was not good enough to play at the D-1 level.
Looking back at the SEC Basketball career of Kentucky Wildcat Anthony DavisDuring his sophomore year, he grew 7 inches. Additionally, he kept all of the skills he had as a point guard. This made him a highly sought prospect as he was a solid point guard in a big man’s body. He was the top prospect in the class of 2011. Kentucky was the only SEC Basketball school he heavily considered. Davis also considered North Carolina, Ohio State, and Syracuse.
During his one year at Kentucky, he averaged 14 points per game on 62 percent shooting. He also averaged 10 rebounds per game. Kentucky went 38-2 on the season. They swept the SEC in conference play. Kentucky went 16-0 in conference play. Obviously, they won the regular season title that year. They were named the number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Davis won numerous awards for his season at Kentucky. He won the Rupp Trophy, Wooden Award, NCAA tourney MVP, the Naismith Award, and was player of the year. He was also honored with All-Tourney, All-Region, All-SEC, All-SEC defense, All-SEC freshman, and All-SEC Tourney. Finally, he was named SEC rookie of the year and defensive player of the year.
In the tournament, Davis helped lead the Wildcats to a national title. In the final four, Davis led Kentucky in points against four-seeded Louisville. Davis had 18 points in that game. Despite struggling in the National Championship game, Kentucky still went on to beat Kansas. Davis declared for the draft after.
How The Big Ten’s Blockbuster Media Deal Impacts Basketball (frontofficesports.com; Christovich)
On Thursday, the Big Ten announced the largest media rights package in the history of college sports — a deal in the mid-$7 billion range that spans across Fox, CBS, NBC, and Peacock.
The conference laid out a clear plan for what the deal means for Big Ten football — namely, that marquee Saturday games will be spread across cable and streaming networks to “dominate” the landscape.
But what will the future of Big Ten hoops look like?
The BreakdownOf all the networks, Fox has the top package of Big Ten sports — and that won’t change in the upcoming deal. The network has renewed its existing men’s basketball coverage, and the Big Ten Network, owned by FOX, will carry a significant number of men’s and women’s games.
NBC and CBS will also have a new role in elevating Big Ten basketball.
As it has in the past, CBS will air regular-season and postseason men’s basketball, including the Big Ten men’s semifinals and championship. But the network will air the Big Ten women’s title game for the first time, bringing women’s hoops to new heights.
Following a sports industry trend, streaming will play a major role. All basketball games on CBS, for example, will be simul-streamed on Paramount+, while Peacock will air 47 regular-season men’s games and 30 regular-season women’s games.
ESPN is conspicuously missing from this list, without any Big Ten sports rights for the first time in four decades.
The most immediately affected property could be the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The fate of the non-conference basketball matchup is still unclear, a source told Front Office Sports.
Another upstairs bedroom now used as an office.
Come inside the mansion built for the ‘richest man in Syracuse’ (Beyond the Front Door) (PS; $; Haas)
The richest man in Syracuse – that’s what the obituary for James Belden read in 1904 when he passed away at the age of 78 with an estate worth over $10 million (that’s about $333 million in today’s money). What remains of his legacy in Syracuse can be found tucked away behind the Missio Church in a “parish house” located at 620 W. Genesee St. (in front of Belden Avenue).
The house was constructed somewhere around 1840, one of several houses the Belden family called home in the once populated West Genesee Street that was lined with mansions rivaling nearby James or West Onondaga streets.
Belden was an intelligent, family oriented, businessman and public servant.
He was born in Fabius in 1825 and attended the village school. When the gold rush of the 1850s hit, Belden headed west. He returned three years later a wealthy man.
He married Anna Gere, the daughter of prominent resident Robert Gere. Both independently and with his father-in-law, Belden embarked on countless successful business pursuits involving railroads, canals and other public construction projects. He was also involved in local banking and published a newspaper.
By the time he was 50, Belden had become prominent in political affairs and was elected mayor of Syracuse in 1877 and again 1878 (mayors served one-year terms then). As his business interests grew, so did his political strength. He became known as one of the nation’s top Republicans, serving as a United States Congressmen in the 1880s and 1890s.
Belden shared his fortune with the community like none other, providing funding, construction or counsel to countless projects and charities. Notably, he helped build a new entrance and office for Oakwood Cemetery.